H.I.I.T. (high intensity interval training) is all over the fitness world these days and is being promoted as the number one most effective way to exercise and if you’re not doing it than you are wasting your time! Is this true?
Hiit has been around for years! Although it has carried a different title through the years such as “circuit training” or the new buzzword “MetCon” the idea of hiit is simple. Work HARD for a certain amount of time followed by a short rest period. I particularly like to use ten exercises of 45 seconds work with 15 seconds rest. This really spikes your heart rate while giving you just enough time to recover and do it all over again.
Pros and Cons of HIIT
- Increased cardiovascular conditioning
- muscle toning and fat loss
- the “after burn” (calories burned well after you’re done working out)
- mental toughness
- Short workout 30-45 minutes on average
- if not programmed correct there can be an increased risk of injury
- Potential for adrenal fatigue
If programmed correctly a HIIT workout can be an amazing workout routine that can show amazing results. But that doesn’t mean it’s for everyone! Many people just simply don’t enjoy pushing their max heart rate threshold, and that’s fine. There is no one workout that’s for everyone. I do feel that HIIT is something that most people should try simply because it challenges you not only physically but mentally also. And it’s the mental aspect that drives me and I find that the same can be said for a lot of my friends and clients also.
So in conclusion I’m not going to say that HIIT is for you, but I will say that it is up to you to try it and find out for yourself!